White Kitchen Islands
When choosing a color palette for kitchen design, it might seem like white would be the most boring option on the list. As you explore kitchen remodeling ideas, options and solutions, keep in mind that the appeal of white is a simple one when it comes to kitchen design: It looks bright and clean.
Work With What You Have
When Danielle Balanis, a part-time designer, and her husband, Nic, remodeled their Birmingham, AL, kitchen, they had about 80 square feet to work with. This meant using smart design moves like a U-shaped layout, open shelves, and an almost-all-white color scheme to create a hyperfunctional cook space. “It may not be a huge area,” says Danielle, “but it’s so efficient that we never feel short on space.”
Customize Your Cabinets
Five roomy cabinets and three deep drawers were all the Balanises needed to store kitchen essentials. Danielle decided on under-counter cabinets only and used the space above the counters for floating shelves to give the room an airy look. The knobs and pulls are from HGH Hardware Supply
And believe it or not, white comes is a range of hues (a variety of different shades can still be considered "white") including everything from beige to a creamy-toned hue. Homeowners who choose white kitchen islands are often seeking to complete the overall look of a minimalist kitchen or they are simply looking to add a piece that helps balance an otherwise bold space.
If you are choosing white cabinetry for your kitchen island, then consider balancing the piece with granite, wood or stainless steel countertops. The overall look will be fresh while still maintaining a neutral finish.
Of course, a white kitchen island might also be achieved by painting wood cabinetry with a white wash stain or adding a white marble countertop to a dark wood cabinet base. These additions provide a soft touch to an otherwise rustic or rich wood surface.
The most important part of choosing a white kitchen island for your space is balancing this simple piece with bold accents, whether it be with colorful bar stools or sunny yellow shelving. These accents will help liven up the design while maintaining an otherwise neutral color scheme.
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